El Ombú is a Mennonite agricultural settlement in Río Negro Department, Uruguay. It is located 284 km NW of Montevideo and 29 km SE of Young, near the Route 3.[1]

El Ombú
Agricultural settlement
Coordinates: 32°51′25″S 57°27′17″W / 32.85694°S 57.45472°W / -32.85694; -57.45472
DepartmentRío Negro
Named forPhytolacca dioica tree

Established in 1950 by Vistula delta Mennonites who came from West Prussia, Danzig and Poland, it was the first Mennonite settlement on Uruguayan territory.[2] It takes its name from the most popular native tree in Uruguay, ombú (Phytolacca dioica).

Previously the area had a German school, Deutsche Schule El-Ombu.[3]

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  1. ^ "The most German part of Uruguay". EL PAIS. 11 May 2014. (in Spanish)
  2. ^ William Schroeder; Helmut Huebert (1996). Mennonite historical atlas. Kindred Productions. pp. 145–146. ISBN 978-0-920643-05-1. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 29/51.

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32°51′25″S 57°27′17″W / 32.85694°S 57.45472°W / -32.85694; -57.45472